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Bernays, Edward:
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. . . . . it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons… who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world. This is merely a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized.
Bunel, Pierre-Henri (former French Military Intelligence officer):
The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the ‘TV watcher’ to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the US war on terrorism are only interested in making money.
Burke, Edmund:
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Chomsky, Noam :
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum
Cockburn, Claud :
Never believe anything till it’s been officially denied
Colby, William Former CIA Director:
The CIA owns everyone in the major media?.
Cook, Robin (former British Foreign secretary):
The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called al Qaeda. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US …
Franklin, Benjamin:
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety
It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority
Goebbels, Joseph:
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
Göring, Hermann:
Education is dangerous — Every educated person is a future enemy
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang:
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Hitler, Adolf:
How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.
The masses indulge in petty falsehoods every day, but it would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths. … The bigger the lie, therefore, the likelier it is to be believed
Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.
Hoover, J. Edgar, Director of the FBI:
The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.
Huxley, Aldous:

The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one
Jefferson, Thomas:
When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny
Kissinger, Henry:

The illegal we can do right now; the unconstitutional will take a little longer.
I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.
Lewis, Sinclair:
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.
McLuhan, Marshall, media guru:
Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity.
Madison, James (Fourth U.S. President):
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
Mencken, Henry Louis:
Freedom of press is limited to those who own one.
Sinclair, Upton:
It is difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
Stalin, Joseph:

The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.
Smedley Butler, Major General:

WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
Twain, Mark:
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
Colby, William, former CIA Director, quoted by Dave Mcgowan:
The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media

  One Response to “Some Quotes Relevant to the Abuse of Power Generally and to the GCSB Bill in Particular”

  1. Thanks to Martin Hanson for compiling these excellent quotes. When will we ever learn!